Marcus Evans Named Conference USA Freshman of the Year

Marcus Evans
March 8, 2016

By: Tim Andrzejewski (

HOUSTON, Texas — Freshman Marcus Evans was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced Tuesday morning.

Evans, who was named First Team All-Conference USA on Monday, was also named to the C-USA All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams

Evans becomes just the third Owl to be named Freshman of the Year and the first in Conference USA, joining Brent Scott (Southwest Conference – 1990) and Michael Harris (WAC – 2002).

Evans is the nation’s leading freshman scorer and is second overall in Conference USA with 21.2 points per game. He leads the league in steals (2.1) and is ninth in minutes played (33.4). He has set the Rice freshman record for points (658), 20-point games (19), field goals made (212), field goals attempted (456), free throws made (182), free throws attempted (229) and steals (66).

The Chesapeake, Va., native has led Rice in scoring 21 times, assists seven times and rebounding four times. He is the third leading freshman scorer in Conference USA history and is third in school single-season history.

Evans has been named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week a record 10 times, including the last six weeks.

Evans leads the Owls into this week’s Conference USA Tournament. Rice takes on Charlotte at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, in Birmingham, Ala.





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